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Australian Gulf War Veterans' Health Study

Australian Gulf War veterans' health study cover - five warships on water.The Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study was the first comprehensive health study of a group of Australian War veterans involved in a single theatre of war. It was conducted by a collaborative medical research team from the Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine at Monash University, Health Services Australia Ltd, the University of Western Australia, and The Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.

A follow up to the original 2003 study was completed in 2015.  Please see Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Follow Up Health Study 2015  for details.

Gulf War Serum Management Committee

The Gulf War Serum Management Committee (GW-SMC) continues to monitor the storage of blood serum samples donated by Gulf War Health Study participants. The most recent activity report of the GW-SMC is available below.

Summary of Activity 2016 and 2017

GW-SMC Meetings

The Committee met on 20 July 2016.

Project governance documentation

At the July 2016 meeting, the Committee discussed a new Governance and Procedures Manual, drafted by the Secretariat to bring together all the standard operating procedures and other governance documentation. The new manual provides a single point of reference for all governance issues related to the GW-SMC.

The Governance and Procedures Manual was approved by the Committee and can be found at the following link:  

Storage and inspection of samples

An inspection of the samples was carried out on 21 June 2016. The Inspection team consisted of two members of the GW-SMC, Mr Les Dwyer, Naval Association of Australia and Dr Warren Harrex, DVA Senior Medical Advisor. The inspection team were satisfied that all samples are being stored and maintained appropriately.

The next inspection is scheduled for 13 November 2018 and an audit of the samples is anticipated for 2019.

Destruction of Samples

In 2016 and 2017 there were no requests received from any participants, for the destruction of their individual samples.

Access to Samples

No requests for access to the study data or serum samples were received in 2016 or 2017.

Links and other information

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